UFC 166 is underway, live from The Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas. Cain Velasquez will look to defend his title against Junior Dos Santos in their rubber match, headlining a stacked night of fights. The prelims started with the facebook section and up first was a Bantamweight scrap featuring Dustin Pague and Kyoji Horiguchi.
Pague needs a win after losing three on the trot, and that won’t be easy against Horiguchi who has 11-1, and nasty fists coming in. Here we go, low kick from KH in a karate stance. Pague with a takedown and he transitions to the back, locks in a RNC as KH stands up. KH is defending well, but he is in trouble here as DP pulls on the choke.
DP is relentless from the back as he attempts to grapple the karate man, but KH spins out. He now shoots in on DP, who defends well. They separate and exchange punches and DP lands a huge hip toss, KH lands a good right hand on the mat as the round ends. 10-9 Pague.
Round two starts with KH landing with a huge left hook that drops Pague and he is rocked! KH swarms but Pague gets up and is against the cage, and KH is on top now as he slams Pague. DP looks tired now, as KH tags him on the ground. Big left hands, now a right, and KH turns it up. 20 unanswered punches and the ref stops it. TKO win for Horiguchi in his impressive debut, as he likely gets Pague the sack.
Jeremy Larsen and Andre Fili meet at Featherweight now (Catchweight since Fili missed weight). Fili is an Alpha Male product and makes his debut, opening with a big head kick. He is aggressive on the feet and rocks Larsen early, huge straight left followed with knees to the dome. Larsen is cut up and Fili lands more hands to the head.
Fili is in great position to finish, the doc steps in to OK the cut and Larsen starts to land as they restart. Lefts to the body but AF is tough, Larsen lands a takedown and throws elbows. Fili is slick on the mat, as he sweeps and stands up. Fili lands a sweet 5-2 combo and Larsen looks like the elevator scene from Carrie. 10-9, maybe 10-8 to Fili.
They slug it out as the second starts and Larsen gets tagged with a huge left to the gut and right to the temple. Larsen does the noodle leg dance and is finished with punches on the mat. Great win for Fili, who cut 40 odd pounds on ten days notice.
A Lightweight scrap between Tony Ferguson and Mike Rio was up next, but only after Mike Dolce screams about his new dvd. T-Ferg lands a low kick as Rio shoots, Fergie is wise to it as he sprawls. Nice straight punches now and Rio is bleeding, Ferguson lands a hard left hook and Rio goes down! Ferguson sinks in a d’arce choke and its over, wow. First round submission win for Ferguson, who improves to 15-3.
Lastly on the fb prelims was TJ Waldburger against Adlan Amagov in a Welterweight affair. I expect an Amagov win here, I’m a big fan of his. They square off and AA lands with kicks, and a leg punch then a big head kick. He fakes a shot and spins TJ, who returns with gut shots. Hard front kick by AA.
TJ clinches against the fence and shoots for a single, AA stuffs it. AA lands with some uppercuts now, and OOOOOHHHH he lifts TJ off the ground with an uppercut. TJ is rocked as A follows with huge hooks on the mat, and Waldburger is out cold. Amagov wins by KO round one.
Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague by TKO round 2
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen y TKO round 2
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio by submission round 1
Adlan Amagov def. TJ Waldburger by KO round 1